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Polenta Mushroom Appetizers

 Polenta Mushroom Appetizers
Simple ingredients—in fact you probably have most if not all in your kitchen— are used to create a fantastic, but different appetizer.—Meta West, Abilene, Kansas
32 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • MUSHROOM TOPPING:
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or additional chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, bring the broth, milk and salt to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a gentle boil; slowly whisk in cornmeal. Cook and
  • stir with a wooden spoon for 15-20 minutes or until polenta is
  • thickened and pulls away cleanly from the sides of the pan. Stir in
  • cheese.
  • Spread into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Cool to room

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Polenta Mushroom Appetizers (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • temperature, about 30 minutes. Cut polenta into 16 pieces, then cut
  • each diagonally in half to make 32 triangles; place on a greased
  • baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until light
  • golden brown.
  • For mushrooms, saute mushrooms in oil and butter until tender. Add
  • the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute longer. Add wine
  • and lemon juice; cook and stir until liquid is almost absorbed.
  • Top each triangle with 1-1/2 teaspoons mushrooms; sprinkle appetizers
  • with cheese. Serve warm.
  • Yield: 32 appetizers.
Nutritional Facts: 1 appetizer equals 47 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 165 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.